James Blundell MD Edin FRCP (1790-1877): pioneer of blood transfusion

J Med Biogr. 2010 Nov;18(4):194-7. doi: 10.1258/jmb.2010.010014.


James Blundell was an obstetrician, surgeon, physiologist and teacher. He is best known as the first to perform a successful human-to-human blood transfusion. However, he can also be accredited for significant advances in surgery and obstetrics. After a distinguished career at The United Hospitals of St Thomas and Guy's, he retired early and ended his years in relative obscurity.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / surgery
  • Animals
  • Blood Transfusion / history*
  • Blood Transfusion / methods
  • General Surgery / history*
  • General Surgery / methods
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Obstetrics / history*
  • Pelvis / surgery
  • United Kingdom

Personal name as subject

  • James Blundell